Be careful out there! Following is some important information from Dane County Emergency Management & Public Health:
July 20, 2021
• It is likely that Delta is now the dominant strain of virus in Dane County. The Delta variant is concerning because it is more transmissible. Delta can spread to unvaccinated people even easier, which makes it even harder to avoid, even if someone has gone the whole pandemic without getting sick or vaccinated.
• The vaccines available in the US work well against Delta, but it’s particularly important to have completed the series (both doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson).
• The best way to stay protected from COVID-19, including the Delta variant, is to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask when in indoor public spaces.
• The immunity landscape in Dane County is much, much better than the country—we’re at nearly 70% of our overall population with at least one dose. This makes rapid spread of the virus that much harder, but cases among the unvaccinated will likely increase as this more contagious variant becomes even more widespread in our community.
• Everyone ages 12 and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. See Public Health’s website for details (publichealthmdc.com/vax).
• 69.4% of Dane County residents have at least one dose of vaccine. More than 80% of people ages 12+ in our county have at least one dose.
• 12 to 17 year olds are able to receive the Pfizer vaccine, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or a parent or guardian must be on the phone and ready to provide verbal consent, in order for them to be vaccinated.
• We are working with health care partners to ensure plans are in place to vaccinate children 0-11 years old once they become eligible for vaccines.
• You are the best person to talk to the people in your life about getting vaccinated. Our blog post has talking points to help (also in Spanish).
Vaccination at Public Health Sites
We offer vaccination by appointment or drop-in* at our South Madison and East Washington offices. Hours and locations for July are:
• Monday: South Madison Office (2230 S. Park Street) – 8am – 4pm
• Tuesday: East Washington Office (2705 East Washington Ave) – 12pm – 8pm
• Wednesday: South Madison Office (2230 S. Park Street) – 12pm – 8pm
• Thursday: East Washington Office (2705 East Washington Ave) – 8am – 4pm
• Friday: South Madison Office (2230 S. Park Street) – 8am – 4pm
• *Drop-in doses are limited, so we encourage appointments.
• We have a map of pop-up clinics that’s updated several times per week as new clinics are added. This is a great place to check if there’s a clinic coming to your area.
• Interested in hosting a clinic? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrie Meier, AEMT, CEM
Dane County Emergency Management
115 W. Doty Street
Madison, WI 53703
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